7.5.12

How to visit Palais Royal in good company



I have posted a number of times, as well on my previous blog as on this one, on Palais Royal, somehow also telling the history about this place, very popular especially during the latter part of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th centuries, but still much appreciated (including by some of our blogger friends like Virginia, Genie…) … today a calm and beautiful space in the very heart of Paris.

For those of you who would like to learn more, in an agreeable way, there is a very nice opportunity to do so during the coming months. Rose Bertin, who was Queen Marie-Antoinette’s dressmaker and one of her closest friends will bring you around and tell you about the place, especially related to the exited years 1780-1800.

Well, as Rose Bertin died in 1813, we have since last Saturday the pleasure to see an actress, Cathy Leguidecoq, play her role, based on a manuscript by my friend Rodolphe Trouilleux, author of the best-seller “Paris Secret et insolite” and other books, including on the Palais Royal. Especially if you understand a little bit of French, you can join her around the Buren columns each Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. or at 3 p.m. as from now until September, for about one hour’s walk around the Palais and its park. (You are then expected to pay 12 €.) The whole operation is organized by the “Compagnie Théatrale Clarance”, under the artistic direction of another friend, Jean Grimaud. 




15 comments:

Olivier said...

Alors la nuit n'etait pas trop bruyante ;o)) superbe cette facon de visiter Paris

French Girl in Seattle said...

This sounds like a wonderful idea, Peter. I will tell my parents to go and check out the Compagnie Theatrale Clarance this spring. Love that first photo, by the way. A bientot, Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

Thirtytwo degrees said...

How lovely! Wonderful opportunity to model many varieties of fashions for the tourists and interested visitors. Appreciate knowing this...Thanks.

Thérèse said...

Une bien belle façon de faire découvrir la vie du Palais Royal et l'histoire de France par la même occasion. Pourvu que le temps s'y prête.

Adam said...

Interesting idea, with the involvement of people who really know their stuff!

ALAIN said...

Les pointes de la grille, cela fait penser à des bonnets de moines tibétains.

Anonymous said...

Such was the commercial and social activity (all "kinds" of it) in this place that Louis XVI nicknamed its owner and cousin the Duke de Orleans "the shopkeeper"...

Beautiful photos!
Mil gracias
Maria

martinealison said...

Une occasion certainement agréable de visiter ce lieu magique...
Gros bisous et merci pour l'ensemble de vos merveilleuses photos.

claude said...

Sous les arcades oui, autours des colones de Buren, non !

Shammickite said...

Oh, this looks like so much fun, and educational too! although I don't think I would be able to understand very much of Madame's story. My French is a little rusty these days. Bravo, Cathy!

Virginia said...

A big sigh from me that I will be missing this Peter, but thank you for sharing your photos. ( I love the shot of her walking away with the arcade in the distance!)
I think you found something to make "my" Palais Royal an even lovlier experience!
V

Cezar and Léia said...

CAthy is a talented artist,I love her face expression (trés émouvant)!Glad you had this opportunity and thanks so much for sharing your pictures.
Léia

ParisMaddy said...

Sounds delightful.

Cergie said...

Une tulipe parmi les tulipes du jardin...
A propos de Buren (que je ne déteste pas, il n'a plus d'atelier parait-il) : j'ai vu ce dernier samedi une oeuvre de lui censé être éphémère devant l'entrée de la cour d'honneur du château de la Roche Guyon.
Et tu sais qu'il expose au Grd Palis > 21 juin, c'est gratuit si tu as moins de 13 ans, va y avec tes grand children.

Parisbreakfasts said...

Ah ha..this is the theatre group you were speaking of..
Nice pictures